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The National Constituent Assembly elected in Venezuela yesterday with the sole
support of the Chavistas registered more than 8 million votes, or 41.53% of the
electorate. This was substantially more than the 7 million votes for Nicolás
Maduro in the 2013 presidential elections and much more than the 5.5 million
votes for the Chavista coalition in the 2015 legislative elections, when the
opposition won 7.7 million votes largely thanks to the abstention of some two
million former Chavista supporters. The country’s opposition parties, currently
in control of the National Assembly, boycotted the election.


Among the 545 constituentes elected were First Lady Cilia Flores, the first
Vice-President of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) Diosdado
Cabello, and the former foreign minister Delcy Rodriguez. The results were
announced by the president of the National Electoral Council (CNE) Tibisay
Lucena around midnight last night. So many Venezuelans lined up to vote that the
electoral process was extended to 10:30 p.m. 


The newly elected Constituent Assembly is made up of 364 members elected by
territorial constituency -- one per municipality, two per state capital and
seven per Capital District (Caracas) -- and 181 according to social or class
sector (24 students, 8 peasants and fishers, 5 business people, 5 disabled, 28
pensioners, 24 communal council representatives, 79 workers and 8 indigenous
(the latter to be elected this Tuesday in assemblies to be held in three


The National Constituent Assembly (ANC) will begin sitting 72 hours after the
official declaration of those elected. Maduro has indicated that it will be
tasked with reforms of the economic and justice systems, reaffirmation of the
pluricultural character of the country, the “preservation of life on the planet,
“and the constitutional recognition of the all the government social and
cultural missions and the Communal Power. In popular assemblies held throughout
the country during the three months prior to yesterday’s vote some 22 sectors
and social movements (communes, workers, cultural and environmental collectives,
etc.) debated and adopted proposals for action by the ANC.


Maduro, in his victory speech last night, said the ANC will, among other tasks,
take action against the "parasitical bourgeoisie," largely held responsible for
the country's current economic crisis. (La Razo
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For more on the election and the immediate tasks facing the Bolivarian Republic
of Venezuela, see


George Ciccariello-Maher, Which Way Out of the Venezuelan Crisis?

Joe Emersberger, Trump Is Not the Venezuelan Supreme Court

Boaventura de Sousa Santos, In Defence of Venezuela




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